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Hundreds Rally In Houston To Speak Out Against Extremism

Natalie Romero, a 20-year-old college student from Houston, was one of the 19 injured, after a man plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters. One woman was killed.


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Hundreds rallied at City Hall on Sunday, speaking out against extremists.

Hundreds gathered at a rally in downtown Houston, on Sunday. They came out to support the victims of violence at a white supremacy rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

One woman was killed, after a driver plowed into counter-protesters at the rally. Nineteen others were injured, including 20-year-old Natalie Romero. She's a University of Virginia student from Houston, and her mother says she was at the rally to stand up against racism. She graduated from Bellaire High School in 2016.

At Sunday's rally, protesters were chanting her name, saying she was there in spirit. She's currently being treated for her injuries at a Virginia hospital.

Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media
Local activists also denounced President Trump’s response, blaming “many sides” for the violence.

Her mother, Ericka Chavez, was at the rally. She spoke to the crowd through a translator. In Spanish, she said, "Natalie is not going to give up. This is just a small trip. Not even I can stop her from fighting for what she believes in."

Chavez says her daughter belongs in Houston, and she's looking forward to bringing her home.

Ericka Chavez/ GoFundMe
As of Monday morning, the GoFundMe account to raise money for Natalie Romero’s medical bills has raised nearly $90,000.

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